[RECIPE] Turkey Bacon Egg Muffins

Don’t get emotionally attached to the word ‘muffins’ in this recipe, as there are no carbs in these “muffins”. Bummer, right? Carbs just make everything taste better, duh-doy! But, in an effort to not be so carb-dependent, I’m trying to lay low and decrease my consumption. I’m not completely shying away from carbs, simply because if I don’t have any, I turn into Hulk to the nth degree.

Anyways! This recipe is so easy. As in, I have not one cooking bone in my body, and yet I managed to make these with no problem. I do have to thank my husband for helping out with the eggs. I have this weird gag reflex whenever I see an egg being cracked.

What you’ll need:

  • Turkey bacon (because it’s healthier, IMO)
  • Eggs
  • Spinach (I used baby kale because that’s all I had)
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Salt & Pepper
First you line the cupcake/muffin pan with turkey bacon, then place a few leaves of greens of your choosing and a cherry tomato.
Next, crack an egg on top and sprinkle pepper to your liking. *Easy on the salt, as the bacon will add some sodium, as well.
I made 12 muffins, so I set the oven to 325 degrees and let them bake for 25-30 minutes. Check on them after 20 minutes just so you don’t end up burning them, because y’know, everyone’s ovens are different-ish.

And voila! You have turkey bacon egg muffins. I had three of them, and was so full and satisfied. These are great for anytime! I would like to thank an interwebuddy, Priscilla of Cook Eat Move, for sharing this recipe via Instagram. It will definitely become a staple in our household.

I’m baaaack!

Geesh, it’s been awhile since I’ve logged onto this bliggity blog.

In failed attempts (or as I like to call them, ‘learning opportunities’), I blogged on other blogs and sites. But I got to thinking what I truly enjoy writing about and it boiled down to one thing: food.

Now, I’m no foodie, but I appreciate food as many foodies do. So, in a way, I guess you could say I’m an amateur foodie. I love discovering and tasting new foods. I want to write about each and every glorious item I stuff into my mouth. But I also want to express the importance of eating locally, with moderation, and consideration as to WHERE our food comes from.

Tacos y Gatos is mainly about L-O-V-E. And appreciation. And sharing said love and appreciation for others to learn from. Whether it’s food, family, community, or life… in the end, I write it all from mi corazón.

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One of my favorite office meals: chicken salad with mixed greens and sprouts, dressed in lime juice and accompanied with hot tea. Yum!

WELCOME BACK, ME! ;)

Locos for Local

IT ARRIVED! Our first Greenling Local box (with a few extra goodies).

Image Courtesy of my Husband, who was home at the time of delivery.
I was bummed to be at work and not there, hehe.
We ran out of food to eat on Sunday night, so Monday morning I placed our first Greenling order. Our delivery wasn’t going to arrive until Thursday (today), so we purchased some groceries from Whole Foods to last us until Delivery Day. I’m very excited about participating in this because it will help us eat healthier, and best of all, be more local! Not to mention, we completely avoid temptations such as cake, processed food-like substances, and crowds, haha.
Here’s the unveiling…. (a lot of ‘oooh’s and ‘aaaah’s ensued)

I love how awesomely packed everything came. The cold items had their own special bags to keep them cold. That’s smart thinkin’ right there ;)

Local milk, eggs, chicken, broccoli, radishes, microgreens, mizuna,
turnips, daikon radish, and baby lettuce. Can you say, YUM?!
The goodies! Besides ordering a Local Box, we also added eggs, milk, chicken, and a few healthy snacks for Kiddo (not shown here). The convenience of ordering what we need, without temptation of buying anything we don’t need, has been our favorite part. We have a few recipes queued to use with our newfound veggies, so I’ll definitely share those soon!
The cats were very curious as to what we had going on. Kiddo was in awe of the colors and finding out what each item was. He even tried his very first turnip. He loved it so much, he wanted an entire turnip for dinner, much to our surprise!
Inside with our groceries, we also received a super-cool bumper sticker (it’s already stuck on my car, haha), a welcome letter with super useful information annnnd a list of what each veggie was. On the back of that same list were four recipes! We also were able to find more recipes on Greenling’s blog. I’m a fan of how they really want you to get the most out of your local food items. Huge thumbs up for that!
Also, we had ordered some chicken breasts, but they were out of stock. They called my husband to see if we’d like to replace it with another item. Even though they’ll have to drop it off later today, the fact that they went that extra mile to make sure we have everything we ordered is really something. Their customer service is great!
There are some items that Greenling doesn’t offer that I will need to go out to the farmer’s market this weekend to source (e.g. bread). But I don’t mind one bit, as long as it’ll keep me away from those dreadful, crowded chain stores, I’m one happy clam :) Becoming locavores takes some work, but I’m glad we made this significant step in our journey.
Here’s to happy, healthy eats!
P.S. I shared my thoughts on sourcing locally on Farm-City, State‘s blog! Go check it out HERE.

Saturday Sounds ft. Passion Pit

super excited about their album coming out July 24th! in the mean time, they’ve released the first single of their new album ‘Gossamer’, ‘Take A Walk’ (which has proven to be a good tune for workouts). give it a watch

Oh my Gato.

Since bringing out the D60, I decided that I should take some decent pictures of Cake. We adopted Cake two months ago from Austin Pets Alive! and we are so happy we did. She’s got quite the personality and came to find out that she also absolutely dislikes having her picture taken. After a bit of sweet-talking, I asked her to pose for me. I thought she was going to cooperate, but instead… I got this:

Cake the Cat, posing?

Gosh, I love her.  Continue reading

Oh-so-Sweet Berry Farm

Kiddo is finally home! We arrived in Dallas Wednesday, and as soon as my Mom opened the door, Kiddo ran right into my arms. He missed us so, as we missed him. It’s so good to have him back home. I’m a Happy Mommy.

Husband took three days off at work, so we had plenty of time to do whatever we pleased. I decided it was the perfect time to go and finally visit Sweet Berry Farm in Marble Falls, TX., just an hour drive west from Austin. This little farm is a great way to spend time as a family picking strawberries, blackberries and potatoes. Next month, they’ll have tomatoes! We had a lot of fun and Kiddo learned a lot about how much of our food arrives from farm to table. He noticed what hard work picking the fruit was, and came out with a new appreciation for his food. And his passion for gardening was encouraged by this visit. How he cares for his squash, lettuce and strawberries.  Continue reading

10 Myths about Introverts

I feel compelled to share this, simply because I’m tired of people assuming I’m antisocial or rude. I’m an introvert. Our minds and manners work differently from extroverts. I do not want to be rude, and it’s not that I don’t like you. I hope this list will help others understand how introverts think :)

Myth #1 – Introverts don’t like to talk. This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t shut up for days.

Myth #2 – Introverts are shy. Shyness has nothing to do with being an Introvert. Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people. What they need is a reason to interact. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an Introvert, just start talking. Don’t worry about being polite.

Myth #3 – Introverts are rude. Introverts often don’t see a reason for beating around the bush with social pleasantries. They want everyone to just be real and honest. Unfortunately, this is not acceptable in most settings, so Introverts can feel a lot of pressure to fit in, which they find exhausting.

Myth #4 – Introverts don’t like people. On the contrary, Introverts intensely value the few friends they have. They can count their close friends on one hand. If you are lucky enough for an introvert to consider you a friend, you probably have a loyal ally for life. Once you have earned their respect as being a person of substance, you’re in.

Myth #5 – Introverts don’t like to go out in public. Nonsense. Introverts just don’t like to go out in public FOR AS LONG. They also like to avoid the complications that are involved in public activities. They take in data and experiences very quickly, and as a result, don’t need to be there for long to “get it.” They’re ready to go home, recharge, and process it all. In fact, recharging is absolutely crucial for Introverts.

Myth #6 – Introverts always want to be alone. Introverts are perfectly comfortable with their own thoughts. They think a lot. They daydream. They like to have problems to work on, puzzles to solve. But they can also get incredibly lonely if they don’t have anyone to share their discoveries with. They crave an authentic and sincere connection with ONE PERSON at a time.

Myth #7 – Introverts are weird. Introverts are often individualists. They don’t follow the crowd. They’d prefer to be valued for their novel ways of living. They think for themselves and because of that, they often challenge the norm. They don’t make most decisions based on what is popular or trendy.

Myth #8 – Introverts are aloof nerds. Introverts are people who primarily look inward, paying close attention to their thoughts and emotions. It’s not that they are incapable of paying attention to what is going on around them, it’s just that their inner world is much more stimulating and rewarding to them.

Myth #9 – Introverts don’t know how to relax and have fun. Introverts typically relax at home or in nature, not in busy public places. Introverts are not thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. If there is too much talking and noise going on, they shut down. Their brains are too sensitive to the neurotransmitter called Dopamine. Introverts and Extroverts have different dominant neuro-pathways. Just look it up.

Myth #10 – Introverts can fix themselves and become Extroverts. Introverts cannot “fix themselves” and deserve respect for their natural temperament and contributions to the human race. In fact, one study (Silverman, 1986) showed that the percentage of Introverts increases with IQ.

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This list was borrowed from Jerry Brito & inspired by the book The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World by Marti Laney.

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